In this thread, we were discussing (among other things) false accusations of racism, and how (supposedly) they are common and harmful. So I challenged on the harmful bit, asking the question “Has a false accusation of racism ever caused significant harm to anyone in the US?”.
So far, the best (and only) real answer I got were folks like Al Campanis and Paula Deen. The only problem is that these folks actually said racist things.
So I’m asking in GD. I recognize that the answer is probably “yes”, I just can’t for the life of me think of anyone, public figure or not (recognizing that non-public stories would be much harder to find), who has actually suffered a significant amount due to a false accusation of racism.
Anyone have any real stories out there?